Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies


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Hear and see what some of our current students have to say about why they chose Loyola's Liberal Studies graduate program.


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Ted Alsedek
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Katie Kellermann

“Every program should be like this”

Jon Barnes, LS Class of 2010

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Favorite class:  “Electronic Revolution: American Culture and McLuhan's Global Village”

Current career: Director of Communications at a Maryland Advertising Agency

Past careers/industries: Youth Pastor, Design Firm CEO, FDA/USDA regulatory compliance

Hobbies: YouTube Celebrity, custom cars

Family: Wife and 2 busy boys (soon to be 3)

Community: Church, Boy Scouts

The first thing that attracted me to Loyola’s LS program was the intriguing list of course offerings. Browsing through the course catalog made me feel like a kid in a candy shop; I couldn’t believe these would be the kinds of classes I’d be taking and getting credit for. Every other program I looked at was loaded with forgettable titles, burdensome prerequisites and snoozy course offerings but the ones I saw offered in this program captivated me and grabbed my attention. When I found out you could take the courses in any order and at three different locations I was sold, I called off my search for a graduate program and applied to Loyola.  

I’ll be honest, at first I wondered what this program would really equip me to do, especially if I changed course professionally down the road. Starting a graduate program is a big investment and I knew the program I chose should have some substantial payoff, professionally speaking. Choosing Loyola was certainly the right choice however. I’d leave each class feeling like my classmates and I dug deep into the bedrock of the universe. I’d wrestle with the material for days, teach it to others, blog about it, use it- I think this is what grad school is supposed to be about. It’s the perfect combination of collaboration, reading, discussing and communicating, all skills that I’ve needed for each career move I’ve made.

Want to talk about flexibility?  Loyola’s Liberal Studies program is about as flexible and student-focused as you can get, even if you have kids or commute. From the multiple locations to the non-linear course offerings, Loyola has created a program that really gets itself out of the way and lets students jump right into the learning experience instead of navigating through a mire of institutional details. Every program should be like this, it’s a model that actually makes sense for how people live and work today.

Pursing my Master’s with Loyola was extremely rewarding and probably the most fun I’ve had in a classroom. It was worth every penny.  The friendships I’ve made with both professors and students are ones that I still maintain today and for that I’m very grateful. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

No matter what’s next in your career, Loyola’s LS program makes sense